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on the island of oahu and hawaii. at 7:53 on sunday morning, 1941 without warning, the japanese launched a massive air attack against pearl harbor and other military bases on the island. when the attack ended, almost 3000 americans have lost their lives. a total of 21 ships were demolished, and 188 aircraft were destroyed. most of those aircraft were destroyed before they could become airborne. after the attack, president franklin delano roosevelt stated that this day, december 7, is the day which will live in infamy. and it has. we gather to remember that attack on pearl harbor, and honor those who received the blow of that first strike. and also remember and honor all those who served in world war ii. it's my pleasure today to represent the friends of the national world war ii memorial, an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that we always remember the greatest generation and their service, valor and sacrifice. and all those who served on the homefront. to achieve this we worked very closely and proudly with the national park service, and with the department of defense to bring
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